Basic bash shell script question

I am trying to search a string from file and checking the condition, but not working.

apple="fruit"

if [`grep $apple $log_dir/log1`]; then
    echo "$apple  exist"
else
    echo "$apple deosn't exist"
fi

any synax error here?
mokkanAsked:
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Gerwin Jansen, EE MVETopic Advisor Commented:
Can try grep -q instead?

What error do you get?

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ozoCommented:
if [ `grep $apple $log_dir/log1` ] ;  then  # note the spaces
# or
if grep $apple $log_dir/log1 ;  then
mokkanAuthor Commented:
Sorry guys,  here is the exact script

#!/bin/bash -x

script_dir="/opt/scripts/dr"
log_dir="${script_dir}/logs"
echo $log_dir
status="not_completed"
fc_state="copying"

while [$status != "completed"]; do
if [`grep "$fc_state" $log_dir/log1`]; then
    echo "$fc_state exist on log"
else
    echo "$fc_state does not exist log"
    status="completed"
fi
done

And here is the error message

 script_dir=/opt/scripts/dr
+ log_dir=/opt/scripts/dr/logs
+ status=not_completed
+ fc_state=copying
+ '[not_completed' '!=' 'completed]'
./fl: line 8: [not_completed: command not found
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ozoCommented:
while [ $status != "completed" ]; do # again, note the spaces
simon3270Commented:
@ozo's given the answer, but I'd suggest moving your double quotes so that it is:

    while [ "$status" != "completed" ]; do

Without the quotes, if $status is empty or has a space in it, you get a syntax error.  You don't strictly need quotes round the "completed" because it has text, and has no spaces or special characters in it, but it's a common idiom, and indicates to the reader that you are dealing with strings rather than numbers.
woolmilkporcCommented:
Simply do:

apple="fruit"

if grep -q $apple $log_dir/log1 ; then
    echo "$apple  exist"
else
    echo "$apple doesn't exist"
fi

i. e. no need for the square brackets nor for the backticks. Add the "-q" flag to "grep" to suppress its output.

The long version:

#!/bin/bash -x

script_dir="/opt/scripts/dr"
log_dir="${script_dir}/logs"
echo $log_dir
status="not_completed"
fc_state="copying"

while [ "$status" != "completed" ] ; do
if grep -q "$fc_state" $log_dir/log1 ; then
    echo "$fc_state exist on log"
else
    echo "$fc_state does not exist log"
    status="completed"
fi
done
Gerwin Jansen, EE MVETopic Advisor Commented:
Since this is bash, I recommend you have a look at it's man page:

man bash

Search for 'conditional expression':

/conditional expression

When testing bash scripts, call them with verbosity:

bash -xv ./your_script

That way you get to see exactly how and where variables are assigned, tested etc.
mokkanAuthor Commented:
Thank you  alllll.  I fixed the script.
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